Current White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney made a big announcement about the border wall while speaking with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Conservatives will be thrilled, liberals not so much.
SPOILER ALERT: Mulvaney says the wall is going to be built with or without the help of Democrats in Congress.
And there you have it.
President Trump said he’d get the job done and he intends to deliver on his promise to the American people.
A new shows suggests the 35-day partial government shutdown actually cost seven times more than the amount of money requested for the wall by the Trump administration.
A new report by a statistics professor at Washington University in St. Louis estimates that the 35-day partial government shutdown cost seven times more than the $5.7 billion that President Donald Trump requested for a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Liberty Vittert, who is also an ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society, writes that estimates for the cost of the shutdown per day range from $52 million to $360 million.
More, via Fox News:
Standard & Poor’s has estimated that this shutdown will cost the American economy $6.5 billion per week – a figure they based on data from previous shutdowns. This estimate includes the reduction in spending by furloughed federal workers (though not their actual pay), as well as other trickle-down effects: lost business and revenue to private contractors, fewer vacations and school trips due to park closures, etc. That puts us at about $32 billion just for basic economic disruption.
Altogether, I estimate that the 35-day shutdown cost the American public somewhere around $40 billion. And that economic damage doesn’t include the unquantifiable damage being done to the 800,000 people who are going without a paycheck.
The White House has been preparing to draft a national emergency order, which identifies $7 billion for the wall.
The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border and has identified more than $7 billion in potential funds for his signature border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN.
Trump has not ruled out using his authority to declare a national emergency and direct the Defense Department to construct a border wall as Congress and the White House fight over a deal to end the government shutdown. But while Trump’s advisers remain divided on the issue, the White House has been moving forward with alternative plans that would bypass Congress.
A portion of the draft reads: “The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency.”
Conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh knows exactly how President Trump can get his way.
From Daily Wire:
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh took to the Golden EIB Mic Wednesday to offer President Trump some encouragement: Hang tough on the wall and public opinion will eventually swing your way.
Rush: “I’m just gonna tell you point-blank: Donald Trump can win this if he hangs on. It’s gonna be a few more weeks. It’s gonna be risky. But I actually, folks, really believe that if he hangs on and continues down this road, at some point there’s gonna be a shift in public opinion and the vast majority of the American people are gonna end up with him on this — if he hangs in there.”
Rush: “He’s got a good start. There’s all kinds of really good, long overdue things happening that we’ve wanted to happen. Like 95% of the EPA furloughed? A lot of nonessential government workers on furlough? This is exactly what we’ve wanted: The deemphasis of government, the shrinking of government, the illustration of the (pfft!) redundancy in the number of people and policies and so forth. The idea that people can function, that their lives can go on even in the midst of a partial government shutdown. If he can just hang on a few more weeks.”
After playing a clip from the media sounding the alarm over the partial government shutdown, which is now the longest in history, Limbaugh returned to his theme: Trump was elected to interrupt the government’s status quo — and that’s exactly what he’s doing.
Rush: “Trump was elected to interrupt. We have major disruption of all kinds of things that have not been good for the people of this country. It’s a really great start. It’s gonna be hard because this is the kind of stuff that’s gonna be in the media over and over and over and over again: People dying, people having to choose between insulin and their mortgage, people running out of food, people running out of gas. The horror stories are gonna intensify, they’re never gonna end, and largely most of them are gonna be exaggerated or made up.”